Camping - East Coast - Travel - Adventure
4X4 - North Coast - Camp - Australia
Despina Karatzias struggled over the years of managing a hot air balloon business to find a resource in the tourism industry that would assist her grow the tour operation she was responsible for.
She managed, through her own trial and error and growth journey to successfully build the most successful balloon operation the nation has seen and then wrote the book that didn’t exist, Adventures of a Balloon Girl. To celebrate over a decade of learning and transition from a manual marketing, booking and operational process to embracing the digital world, social media and conscious business practices around sustainability, leadership, mindset and a values driven business, Adventures of a Balloon Girl is a practical, plain English manual. Only weeks into market it has had an overwhelming response from not only the tourism industry, it has become a bible for the small business community in general with positive affirmation and practical actionable items sprinkled throughout. Like ballooning, the tourism industry shines with unique experiences delivered by passionate individuals. Challenges such as cost, time and relevance however can dissuade small business participation in professional and business development activity.
This book is about thriving in business delivering the nuts and bolts of day-to-day business practices through simple tools that can be applied to any small business operation.
About the Author
Despina has been instrumental in the development of new marketing strategies, establishing strong agent based relationships, implementing carbon offset initiatives, a positive working culture, putting into effect key performance indicators to track growth in her team and driving sales in her role as Business Manager with Global Ballooning. Her direct initiatives and input in the company has contributed a clear understanding of Global Ballooning's vision, targeted objectives and the sales results derived from the companies activity in the market place.
An avid learner, throughout her career to date Despina has become an ICF accredited coach and NLP practitioner, was the 2008 Len Taylor Award for Excellence winner, awarded the 2011 Lynette Bergin Fellowship and has proven to be an incredibly valuable asset to the businesses and industry she serves.
The usually quiet old town of Dijon was in a state of excitement. There were groups of people in the streets; especially round the corners, where the official placards were posted up. Both at the Prefecture and the Maine there were streams of callers, all day. Every functionary wore an air of importance, and mystery; and mounted orderlies galloped here and there, at headlong speed. The gendarmes had twisted their mustaches to even finer points than usual, and walked about with the air of men who knew all about the matter, and had gone through more serious affairs than this was likely to be.
The Adventure of Black Peter I have never known my friend to be in better form, both mental and physical, than in the year '95. His increasing fame had brought with it an immense practice, and I should be guilty of an indiscretion if I were even to hint at the identity of some of the illustrious clients who crossed our humble threshold in Baker Street. Holmes, however, like all great artists, lived for his art's sake, and, save in the case of the Duke of Holdernesse, I have seldom known him claim any large reward for his inestimable services. So unworldly was he-or so capricious-that he frequently refused his help to the powerful and wealthy where the problem made no appeal to his sympathies, while he would devote weeks of most intense application to the affairs of some humble client whose case presented those strange and dramatic qualities which appealed to his imagination and challenged his ingenuity.